Prayer Problems Am i praying too much?
ive had this problem for about 6 months now and i just dont know how to escape. I expect im the only person who has this!
...i think im praying too much! i know we can never pray too much but it's like im getting paranoid! All day i am constantly aware of my sin and every sin i do, i have to ask for forgiveness for it. the more i think about sin, the more i sin, and the more i ask for forgivness. one day i was literaly asking for forgiveness non-stop for things that kept popping into my head and things i was doing and thinking. the bible says in psalms that 'if i regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me' so i simply cannot pray comfortably unless ive asked for forgiveness from all my sin! how can we pray without ceasing if we have sin in our hearts? so instead of praying for others without ceasing i am asking for forgiveness without ceasing!
im sure this isnt the way God wants us to live! but i dont know how to get out of this obsession for asking for forgiveness!
it has even spread into my quiet times each morning! i havent even been able to have a proper prayer time for about 3 days now because i am too obsessed about asking for forgiveness. im sitting on my bed for 30minutes or more sometimes trying to confess my sins. i have too many to confess and my prayer times become a chore instead of a blessing! it's quite hard for me to explain but here is an example of the type of think i do:
"Dear Heavenly Father,
Im so sorry for all my sin. Please, please forgive me. I know ive been so wrong and I've failed you again. I know i shouldnt have watched that programme and i still did. im so sorry for being desrespectful to my parents. i pray with all my heart, please forgive. im sorry for saying 'with all my heart' but not meaning it with all my heart..........im sorry Lord for being distracted please forgive me. im sorry for feeling proud of myself then. please forgive me for not wanting to pray anymore. im sorry.............."
It's like that- for about 20 minutes! I want to pray and have a proper relationship with God! not be obsessively asking for forgiveness all the time! what can i do??? is this right what im doing??